WeDistribute and Feneas
I'm opening up this discussion to talk about the possibility of starting a new content initiative for Feneas focused on open source federated technologies. As some of you are aware, We Distribute has been an ongoing project of mine for the past few years, with the goal of producing a news publication specifically focused on fediverse projects and initiatives.
Since its inception, WD has been a one-man effort, meaning that I have had to maintain the servers, design and implement the site, and write content. While I have largely enjoyed this project and love covering the fediverse, it is very difficult to maintain all by myself. My servers have incurred significant monetary costs for me, and unfortunately a recent update to my server has temporarily put my site out of commission until I can fix it. These things get in the way of my workflow for researching projects, interviewing developers, and writing news updates.
It has occurred to me that the best thing to do here would be to open up the publication to new writers, and investigate moving over to infrastructure owned by an umbrella organization that is in philosophical alignment with WD. I believe Feneas could be that organization.
Here's what I'm envisioning: WeDistribute could become part of Feneas as its official publication. By being hosted within Feneas infrastructure, some of my resources (time, money) could be freed up so that I could focus more on writing and publishing articles and interviews, and acting as the Editorial Lead. Additionally, by opening the publication to the Feneas organization, it would also be possible to collaborate with new writers. By working together, the publication could raise awareness of Feneas' mission, and possibly provide some new avenues for donations from people that read the publication.
In this organizational transfer, Feneas would own:
- The WeDistribute brand
- The domain name
- The actual server space that WeDistribute would be hosted on
Currently, WeDistribute is a WordPress blog that integrates directly with ActivityPub, meaning that it's possible for people on Mastodon, Pleroma, Friendica, and Hubzilla to follow the publication from their social platform of choice, and also respond to articles to leave comments. This type of integration allows the publication to self-demonstrate its values (namely, open source software and federation), and can help build some sense of community through its readership.
WeDistribute also has a NextCloud instance full of whitepapers pertaining to different decentralized technologies, which could be transferred over to the official Feneas Nextcloud as some kind of "Decentralization Library", which may be useful for staff writers conducting research on new projects.